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$55 Million Saved Despite Missed Energy Efficiency Target
$55 Million Saved Despite Missed Energy Efficiency Target

Friday 31st December 2010

THE NORTH Carolina (N.C.) state government in the U.S. saved taxpayers $55.3 million in energy costs last year but failed to meet the state's own energy efficiency goal. An energy efficiency programme was started in 2003 to reduce energy costs at state government agencies and universities. The goal of the programme ...

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€70 Million Energy Efficiency Grants for Ukraine
€70 Million Energy Efficiency Grants for Ukraine

Friday 31st December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is to grant Ukraine €63 million for an energy-saving programme, and a further €7 million for energy efficiency technical assistance. The grants were revealed in a preliminary report handed to Mykola Pashkevych, chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (NAER), by ...

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Energy Saving Standards to be set in Azerbaijan
Energy Saving Standards to be set in Azerbaijan

Thursday 30th December 2010

IN AZERBAIJAN specialists from the State Committee for Standardisation, Metrology and Patent have prepared a draft national programme on energy saving. According to Sabig Abdullayev, the Chief of Department for Standardisation and Technical Regulation, the proposed programme will apply 75 standards of energy efficiency, leading to a target of 30 percent ...

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Indian State Departments Face Mandatory Energy Audits
Indian State Departments Face Mandatory Energy Audits

Wednesday 29th December 2010

THE INDIAN State of Madhya Pradesh is set to carry out mandatory energy audits and energy efficiency measures across all state government, semi-government, corporation and board offices. A 10 percent increase is predicted in Indian energy bills in the near future, leading to concerns over energy wastage across the states facilities. The ...

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Building Owners Unaware of Energy Efficiency Act
Building Owners Unaware of Energy Efficiency Act

Wednesday 29th December 2010

THAILAND passed the Energy Conservation Promotion Act, requiring building owners to inspect their energy management nearly a year ago, but many building owners have no idea the Act exists. The landlords of these buildings also fail to realise that they must also prepare an energy management report each March, due to ...

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Federal Energy Efficiency Funds Boosts for Schools
Federal Energy Efficiency Funds Boosts for Schools

Tuesday 28th December 2010

THE MIDWEST U.S. city of Cincinnati’s Public Schools are focusing on "greening" its new buildings and also looking how they can energy costs in 26 of its older buildings. Some of the “older” buildings were built only five or six years ago and the city is using more than $23 million ...

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Two States set Example for U.S.
Two States set Example for U.S.

Monday 27th December 2010

IN THE U.S. the prospect of a comprehensive national energy policy seems uncertain, but two states reminded the whole country that bold energy efficiency policies can win bipartisan support. It is generally accepted that energy efficiency would save businesses and consumers millions in wasted energy costs, but national energy efficiency policies ...

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EBRD to Help Finance Business Energy Efficiency
EBRD to Help Finance Business Energy Efficiency

Friday 24th December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is continuing in its support of Romanian companies in a drive to improve energy efficiency. EBRD are providing a new €10 million loan to OTP Bank Romania, part of the largest independent Central-Eastern-European banking group, to finance sustainable energy projects undertaken by local ...

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IFC to Guarantee Half of Energy Efficiency Loans
IFC to Guarantee Half of Energy Efficiency Loans

Friday 24th December 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL Finance Corp. (IFC) will guarantee half of the loans extended by the Filipino Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc. (BDO) under the bank’s Sustainable Energy Finance Program. The IFC, a private sector arm of the World Bank, released a statement yesterday revealing it had signed a risk-sharing facility with BDO, ...

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Energy Efficiency Binding Target Adopted
Energy Efficiency Binding Target Adopted

Thursday 23rd December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Parliament adopted a binding agreement calling for a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020. The policy is to be implemented across all economic sectors. Meeting the target will save the European Union (EU) as a whole €100 billion, reducing emissions by almost 800 million tons a year. The European Parliament approved ...

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Energy Saving Verification Vital
Energy Saving Verification Vital

Wednesday 22nd December 2010

IN BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, the state legislative auditor has found that two state hospitals have energy efficiency contracts that fail to comply with state law due to a lack of verification. The local Advocate newspaper has reported that the auditor found that savings realised from “energy efficiency” contracts were not measurable ...

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Energy Efficiency Challenge for North China Buildings
Energy Efficiency Challenge for North China Buildings

Wednesday 22nd December 2010

MORE than half the buildings constructed in northern China in 2009 failed to meet China's energy-saving standards, stated an inspection report released this week. China's top legislature conducted an inspection discovering over 2 billion square meters of space in old buildings in northern China in need energy saving upgrades. "Concerning the ...

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Research Predicts Growth in Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Research Predicts Growth in Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Tuesday 21st December 2010

DESPITE the general turndown in new construction due to the global recession, one building-related field has continued to grow: upgrades tied to improving a facilities energy efficiency according to a new white paper. This is the results of a new white paper by Pike Research of Boulder. Colorado US. The report ...

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Energy Efficiency to Reduce Oil Imports
Energy Efficiency to Reduce Oil Imports

Monday 20th December 2010

THE PHILIPPINES government want to see energy efficiency improve as it will reduce the need for oil imports. Such a reduction will also lower the capital and operating cost of electricity and will consequently provide Filipinos with sufficient electricity at lower possible cost, according to Assistant Secretary Leonilo Lariosa of the ...

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Better Governance Vital for Energy Efficiency
Better Governance Vital for Energy Efficiency

Monday 20th December 2010

THE EUROPEAN Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have joined up to promote energy efficiency by highlighting the vital role of good governance. The IEA published the results of its global Energy Efficiency Governance study today in the form of a summary handbook and a ...

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Emissions Reduction from Energy Saving for Taiwan
Emissions Reduction from Energy Saving for Taiwan

Friday 17th December 2010

TAIWAN’S government’s commitment to saving energy and reducing emissions has reduced CO2 releases by 5.14 million metric tons so far of this year, revealed Premier Wu Den-yih yesterday. Wu said the figure, for the first three quarters of the year, represents a 4-percent fall in energy intensity, the largest reduction over ...

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Energy Efficiency Grants for Pennsylvania Small Businesses
Energy Efficiency Grants for Pennsylvania Small Businesses

Friday 17th December 2010

STATE investments are helping Pennsylvania, US, small-business owners continue to lower their operating costs by conserving energy and reducing pollution. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced yesterday, that 90 small businesses across Pennsylvania will receive more than $560,000 in grants through the Small Business Advantage program to reduce energy ...

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Vietnam's Energy Efficiency Success but Improvements Still Needed
Vietnam's Energy Efficiency Success but Improvements Still Needed

Thursday 16th December 2010

THE Vietnamese national programme on energy efficiency and conservation, enacted over the last five years, has recorded a 30 percent higher return than targeted. "Cities and provinces throughout the country have conserved more than 4 billion kWh", said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong at a meeting to ...

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European Energy Efficiency Action Plan Approved
European Energy Efficiency Action Plan Approved

Thursday 16th December 2010

ENERGY Efficient buildings should be a key priority of the forthcoming revised Energy Efficiency Action Plan, say European Parliament Members (MEPs) in a resolution passed on Wednesday. Proper implementation of existing legislation and public sector example-setting were among other proposals listed in the resolution. MEPs also voted for a binding ...

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Orlando Finds Energy Efficient Treasures
Orlando Finds Energy Efficient Treasures

Wednesday 15th December 2010

THE CITY of Orlando in Florida set a dedicated team the task of looking for energy savings and efficiencies at Orlando’s 70 plus-year old Citrus Bowl Stadium and soon came up with substantial energy and hence financial savings. Searching for energy savings surrounding and during the annual Florida Classic American football ...

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Municipalities get EU Energy Efficiency Grants
Municipalities get EU Energy Efficiency Grants

Wednesday 15th December 2010

GRANTS for energy efficiency projects from European Union (EU) programmes have been approved and are being distributed across 58 Bulgarian municipalities. Part of the funding, a total of BGN105million ($72million), will be distributed to improve the energy efficiency in 215 schools and kindergartens, affecting 85,000 students. The funding is provided ...

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Energy Awards Highlights Energy Efficiency
Energy Awards Highlights Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 14th December 2010

A TOTAL of 32 Indian industrial sectors have received a 2010 National Energy Conservation Award today, which is National Energy Conservation Day - providing Indian ministers a chance to highlight energy efficiency. The awards were given by the Indian Union Minister of Power Sushil Kumar Shinde for their achievements in the ...

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Businesses Missing out on Huge Energy Efficiency Savings
Businesses Missing out on Huge Energy Efficiency Savings

Tuesday 14th December 2010

UK BUSINESSES waste up to £1.6 billion ($2.53 billion) annually and undervalue the financial returns gained from investing in energy efficiency leading to reduced energy costs. A report released yesterday by Carbon Trust Advisory, the business arm of the UK government sponsored Carbon Trust, revealed the findings of their study of ...

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India must not Ignore Demand Side Management
India must not Ignore Demand Side Management

Monday 13th December 2010

DEMAND side management (DSM) must not be ignored in India according to Mr Saurabh Gupta, an Associate Fellow with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Writing in Financial Express and on the TERI website Mr Gupta writes: The need for promoting energy efficiency is well-known. Insufficient capacity additions, increasing environmental concerns and ...

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Back from the Bolivian Brink at Cancun
Back from the Bolivian Brink at Cancun

Monday 13th December 2010

"THIS is an new era of international cooperation in climate change," so claimed Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa after hours of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Summit. It was 5.30am Saturday morning as Espinosa held a press conference, her tough stance had bit by bit dismissed the only ...

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